I recently got my first "real" DAC, the Maverick TubeMagic D1, and I have a couple questions. There is an integrated headphone amp that works very well with the setup. Headphones sound amazing through this thing. However, when I attempted to hook up my speakers, I reached a problem. There are two analog RCA outputs. One is labeled "Tube Pre Out" and the other "Normal". My first assumption was that the "Tube Pre Out" just meant that it would output an un-amplified analog signal, which would mean the "Normal" would work similar to the headphone jack.
Well, I plugged my 2.1 speakers into the "Normal" analog out because I want to be able to use the unit's amp so that I could increase the volume with the unit itself. No success, so I tried "Tube Pre Out". No success there either... only the volume control for the 2.1's internal amp works. I also noticed that the sound coming from the speakers when plugged into the Maverick (RCA to 1/8") is much worse than when the speakers are plugged directly into my desktop's motherboard 1/8" jack. Tons of noise and distortion. Am I missing something? I really hoped that I would be able to use this unit for both headphones and speakers but why does it not work that way? Also, why does the headphone jack NOT override the other analog outputs? If I have the speakers AND headphones plugged in, the sound comes out of both and the volume knob only adjusts the headphones.
Do I just need to buy an amp to go with this setup (i.e. the A1)? If so, why?
Hope someone can help!
EDIT: I am hooked up to my PC through USB, not optical. Dunno if that makes a difference.
Edited by Thujone - 5/1/13 at 7:23am